Wings on the River

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Boolarong Press, 2007 - Aeronautics - 112 pages
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Wings on the River tells the colourful story of flying boats from Brisbane's unique viewpoint. Flying boats represented comfort and safety in reaching distant and exotic places across the sea, and Brisbane was on the doorstep of flying boat travel for more than fifty years. Wings on the River traces the whole flying boat era in Australia through its many changes, its triumphs and adversities, including: Pioneering flights between the wars by overseas and local flying boats alighting in the heart of the city; Qantas flying boats on the legendary Empire Air Mail route to Britain flying passengers in unprecedented luxury; Wartime U.S. Navy flying boat services across the Pacific to General MacArthur's headquarters in Brisbane; Barrier Reef Airways, Queensland's own flying boat airline, bringing Great Barrier Reef resorts closer to interstate tourists; The controversy about flying boats using the Brisbane River, and the dramatic accidents which forced them to leave; The story of Redland Bay's water airport and its little-known service over two decades.
 

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Contents

Foreword
4
Pioneers and Goodwill Visitors
10
Flying Boats to Great Britain
19
The War Years
30
Return to Peace
38
Barrier Reef Airways
45
Widening Horizons
56
Placed on Notice
66
Redland Bay
72
The Lean Years
81
Conclusion
87
Flying Boat Airlines Serving Brisbane
93
Bibliography
105
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